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that, you know, the technology and the people and the training and the strategy all came together for a completely wrongheaded idea. i mean, we invested all that money and all those lives, american and iraqi and others, in a war that made the world less safe. it vexed me that we would not at least early in the war question too much the wisdom and the cost effectiveness of fighting that war, and yet the idea of sending 100 american advisers to the congo has caused a fair amount of hand wringing. when it is a rounding r record in the pentagon budget. >> i mean, one thing that i think david is saying aside from the politics of the iraq war which i think a lot of people did question is it was actually hard to get this orphan the radar of on the aaround -- on the radar of the administration. and for better or worse, i don't know which it is, sometimes african issues don't get to the level that they might if they were taking place somewhere else. >> because there are a lot of black people in africa. >> well, the reasons for that are complicated, and maybe we can talk about that. i think
the door for this, but this is why i answer the way i did that i see that with the technology goings way it is and with drone technology advancing and drones getting smaller and smaller, they are not going to the the giant, big predators flying over pakistan, but little small drones to be armed with things. this is not science fiction here in terms of this is actually happening. >> booktv on location on the campus of the university of southern california at the l.a. times festival of books talking with mark mazzetti, "new york times" national security correspondent and author of this book, "the way of the knife," and, jim, you're the next caller from idaho. hi, jim. >> caller: good afternoon, gentlemen. i have a question. the la proider of servicee of to the war department in afghanistan, and i asked how the afghans were going, and i quoted him in the remark right now saying that it's basically a total failure. he went into details about that aspect of what basic means. what do you think the result is basically in afghanistan? >> well, it's obviously a question on a lot of people's mind.
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